Co-curricular Opportunities at School

When presented with an opportunity we encourage our girls to grasp the chance, it’s another chapter in their learning. We offer a strong curriculum that develops our students’ inquiry and critical thinking skills and encourages a balance between academics and co-curricular choices and emphasises a global perspective.

Sport

Sport and physical education are highly valued at Selwyn House. The knowledge and skills gained help the girls to lead a healthy lifestyle. The programmes emphasise the enjoyment of physical activity and learning skills that will encourage the girls to remain physically active throughout their lives.
Playing a team sport will give your daughter opportunities to make new friendships and develop skills that will help her in all areas of her development. Being part of a team fosters many positive attributes that complement learning in the classroom. It builds self-esteem, improves fitness, and encourages perseverance, resilience, co-operation and co-ordination.

Our students are keen participants in:
Athletics • Basketball • Cricket • Cycling • Cross Country • Duathlon • Fencing • Football • Futsal • Hockey (both Summer and Winter) • Jump Jam • Netball • Skiing • Swimming • Tennis • Touch • Triathlon • Volleyball • Water Polo

Science & Technology 

Our students are given the opportunities to develop knowledge and skills with digital technologies so that they are equipped to respond to rapid changes in our society. We expect our students to be leaders in their own lives with digital technologies. Throughout the school we encourage appropriate use of digital technologies to support and enhance learning.

 

Our students are keen participants in:
Robotics Club • RoboCup • Science Fair • Cantamaths • Code Club • Future Lego League •  Mechatronics Club • Science Club

Robotics

Robotics is introduced from Year 1. In education, Robotics is seen as an interdisciplinary, project-based learning activity drawing mostly on mathematics, science, and technology. It offers major new benefits in education at all levels.

Robotics implements 21st century technologies and can foster problem-solving skills, communication skills, teamwork skills, independence, imagination, and creativity. Taking into consideration that students have a better understanding when they express themselves through invention and creation, Robotics activities are considered to be a valuable learning tool that can contribute to the enhancement of learning and to the development of students’ thinking.

Our girls are encouraged to enter RoboCup competitions. The focus of RoboCup is for students to learn from each other, by watching other robots compete and by sharing solutions to the problems presented.

Music

We are fortunate to have an experienced and professional team of musicians who are committed as itinerant music teachers. Our ‘Carolyn Fletcher Performing Arts Centre’ has studios for individual tuition in a range of instruments.

Tutors are available for the following instruments:
Years 1-8 violin and cello • Years 4-8 piano & recorder • Years 5-8 flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, voice and guitar. • Years 1-2 Choir • Years 3-4 Choir • Junior Chamber Choir (Years 5 and 6) • Senior Chamber Choir (Years 7 and 8)  • Recorder Ensemble • Orchestra • String Ensemble • Flute Choir

Dance

Ballet and Jazz are available to girls in Years 1-3 and Pre-school children. Natalie Simon, the Principal of Canterbury Academy of Dance, teaches the lessons.

Our students are keen participants in:
Ballet • Jazz • Contemporary Dance

 

Speech & Drama

Students learn to communicate with clarity, confidence and courtesy. Speech and drama lessons cover a variety of skills essential within today’s society.

Individual skills developed through lessons include:
Vocal development • Poetry and Prose interpretation • Drama work • Sight reading • Conversation and discussion skills • Public speaking skills

Further Opportunities

Year 8 Leadership Progamme • Year 7 School Recylcing Community • Otago Problem Solving • ICAS Australian Academic Assessments  •  Creative Writing  • Kids’ Lit Competition • Chess •  Future Problem Solving • Community Problem Solving • In-school Problem Solving  • Envirogroup • Buddy System •  House System •  Peer Mediators